Villa Park-area woman charged with burglarizing cars

  • Michelle Janousek

    Michelle Janousek

Updated 2/13/2020 8:15 PM

DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick is crediting increased focus on burglaries for the arrest of a woman charged with burglarizing cars near Villa Park.

Michelle Janousek, 38, of the 1S200 block of Danby Lane near Villa Park, is being held on $15,000 bond following a Thursday hearing.


She is charged with one count of burglary to a motor vehicle and four counts of identity theft.

Shortly before 8 a.m. Jan. 28, deputies were called to the Brandywine subdivision to investigate burglaries to two BMWs. A debit card stolen from one of them was used at 7-Eleven stores in Villa Park and Oakbrook Terrace and a Thornton's gasoline station in Villa Park.

The clerk at the gas station gave a description of the user, which matched that of Janousek, whom deputies know from several drug and burglary cases in which she has been charged.

"Vehicle thefts and burglaries have become a priority to the DuPage County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Crystal Mendez and Detective Phillip Marotta did great work scoring our first arrest through our new anti-burglary initiative," Mendrick said, in a news release. "We are developing new methodologies to catch these criminals, so I am expecting to see more arrests."

Janousek's next court date is Feb. 19.

State's Attorney Robert Berlin said there has been an increase in car burglaries in recent weeks.

Earlier this week, Hinsdale police reported a rash of such burglaries.

Early Tuesday, vehicles were burglarized in the 500 block of Morris Lane, the 500 block of Bonnie Brae, the 0-100 block of Glendale, the 300 block of North Garfield and the 400 block of West North. Hinsdale police chased the perpetrators on Ogden Avenue and I-294 but gave up when speeds became unsafe, according to the department's post on the village's Facebook page.

In the Hinsdale case, all the vehicles were unlocked and parked in driveways.

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